A curtain casing allows you to hang your curtain from a rod.

How to Sew a Curtain Casing

by L. Christine Shepard

A curtain casing is a long narrow channel that holds a curtain rod at the top edge of your curtain panel. Sewing the curtain casing by hand or with a sewing machine is not complicated and requires no special sewing skills. By adding a casing, and possibly a hem to provide the proper length to fit the window, you can transform a sheet, tablecloth or bedspread into a curtain panel that will drape evenly from your rod.

1 Measure the width of the window with a tape measure. A single curtain panel that opens on the side is usually 1 and 1/2 times the width of the window. Measure the thickness of your curtain rod to determine the height of the curtain casing.

2 Fold the top edge of fabric curtain panel 1/2 inch to the wrong side of the fabric. Pin the fabric in place. Press the fold in place with an iron. Remove the pins.

3 Fold the top edge of fabric curtain panel at least 2 inches to the wrong side to create the curtain casing, depending on the thickness of the curtain rod. Pin and press the fold in place with an iron.

4 Sew the casing along the bottom edge of the folded section with a straight stitch, using a sewing machine or a needle and thread. Remove the pins.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Curtain rod
  • Straight pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


  • Add a 1-inch ruffle to the top of a curtain casing by making the channel 1 inch wider and sewing another line of straight stitching 1 inch from the top edge of the channel.


  • Do not make the curtain casing too small for the curtain rod, which must slide through the casing easily without sticking.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

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